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Rio Police Strike Before Carnival (11th February, 2012)

Police officers in Rio de Janeiro have gone on strike just a week before the world-famous Carnival begins. Up to 70 per cent of the city’s 58,000 police have joined the strike. The officers are striking over pay. They are unhappy with a 39 per cent raise over the next two years, with a promise of more in 2014. The offer was half of what they wanted. The strike for higher wages followed an earlier walkout by police in the city of Salvador. This led to a crime wave with more than 150 murders and serious vandalism.

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Rio city officials are worried the police strike might hurt its tourism. The Carnival brings in around 800,000 tourists each February. Fears over security may mean many of those stay at home. Rio is also due to host games for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. Rio Governor Sergio Cabral asked all officers to go back to their jobs. He told them it was their duty and responsibility to keep the city safe. "You cannot have a strike in essential services like public safety. Rio de Janeiro doesn't deserve this," he said.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.
Paragraph 1

1.

Police

a.

pay

2

gone on

b.

officers

3.

officers are striking over

c.

wave

4.

a 39 per cent

d.

strike

5.

half of what

e.

raise

6.

a crime

f.

they wanted

Paragraph 2

1.

city

a.

safe

2

hurt its

b.

over security

3.

Fears

c.

officials

4.

it was their duty

d.

tourism

5.

keep the city

e.

services

6.

a strike in essential

f.

and responsibility


LISTENING GAP FILL


Police officers in Rio de Janeiro have ________________ just a week before the world-famous Carnival begins. Up to 70 per cent of the city’s 58,000 police have ________________. The officers are striking over pay. They are unhappy with a 39 per cent raise __________________ years, with a ________________ in 2014. The offer was half of what they wanted. The strike for higher wages followed an __________________ by police in the city of Salvador. This led to a crime wave with more than 150 murders and __________________.
Rio city officials are worried the police ________________ its tourism. The Carnival brings in around 800,000 tourists each February. Fears over security ________________ of those stay at home. Rio is also due ________________ for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. Rio Governor Sergio Cabral asked all officers ________________ their jobs. He told them it was their duty and responsibility to keep the city safe. "You cannot have a strike in essential services ________________. Rio de Janeiro ___________________," he said.


MULTIPLE CHOICE


Police officers in Rio de Janeiro have (1) ____ on strike just a week before the world-famous Carnival begins. (2) ____ to 70 per cent of the city’s 58,000 police have joined the strike. The officers are striking over pay. They are unhappy (3) ____ a 39 per cent raise over the next two years, with a promise of (4) ____ in 2014. The offer was half of what they wanted. The strike for higher wages followed an (5) ____ walkout by police in the city of Salvador. This led to a crime (6) ____ with more than 150 murders and serious vandalism.
Rio city officials are worried the police strike might hurt (7) ____ tourism. The Carnival brings in around 800,000 tourists each February. Fears over security may (8) ____ many of those stay at home. Rio is also (9) ____ to host games for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. Rio Governor Sergio Cabral asked all officers to go (10) ____ to their jobs. He told them it was their duty and responsibility to (11) ____ the city safe. "You cannot have a strike in essential services like public safety. Rio de Janeiro doesn't deserve (12) ____," he said.
Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

gone

(b)

went

(c)

arrived

2.

(a)

down

(b)

around

(c)

up

3.

(a)

with

(b)

as

(c)

so

4.

(a)

most

(b)

more

(c)

many

5.

(a)

later

(b)

on time

(c)

earlier

6.

(a)

tsunami

(b)

wave

(c)

ripple

7.

(a)

its

(b)

that

(c)

world

8.

(a)

meant

(b)

meanie

(c)

mean

9.

(a)

sue

(b)

due

(c)

cue

10.

(a)

back

(b)

reverse

(c)

rewind

11.

(a)

stay

(b)

do

(c)

keep

12

(a)

they

(b)

this

(c)

their


SPELLING


Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.


Paragraph 1

1.

Police rfofcies

2.

irkgtins over pay

3.

a ormesip of more

4.

he strike for gehhri wages

5.

a cmrie wave

6.

more than 150 druemrs

 

Paragraph 2

7.

hurt its muiosrt

8.

800,000 roiusstt

9.

Fears over resyctui

10.

etnaiessl services

11.

public etfays

12.

doesn't evderse this


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER


Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

all officers to go back to their jobs. He told them it was their duty and

(    )

of more in 2014. The offer was half of what they wanted. The strike for higher

(  1  )

Police officers in Rio de Janeiro have gone on strike just a week before the world-

(    )

services like public safety. Rio de Janeiro doesn't deserve this," he said.

(    )

wages followed an earlier walkout by police in the city of Salvador. This led

(    )

to host games for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. Rio Governor Sergio Cabral asked

(    )

striking over pay. They are unhappy with a 39 per cent raise over the next two years, with a promise

(    )

Rio city officials are worried the police strike might hurt its tourism. The Carnival brings

(    )

to a crime wave with more than 150 murders and serious vandalism.

(    )

in around 800,000 tourists each February. Fears over security may mean many of those stay at home. Rio is also due

(    )

famous Carnival begins. Up to 70 per cent of the city’s 58,000 police have joined the strike. The officers are

(    )

responsibility to keep the city safe. "You cannot have a strike in essential


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

Carnival     A     the     famous     before    -     begins    week     world.    

2.

striking     pay     The     are     over     officers.    

3.

a     cent     They     with     per     unhappy     39     raise     are.    

4.

wages     higher     for     strike     The.    

5.

with     more     A     than     crime     150     wave     murders.    

6.

might     strike     police     The     tourism     its     hurt.    

7.

in     brings     800,000     tourists     Carnival     The     around.    

8.

back     to     their     jobs    Cabral     asked     all     officers    to     go.    

9.

to     the     safe     Responsibility     keep     city.    

10.

safety     public     like     services     Essential.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING


Write about strikes for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.
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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
2. STRIKES: Search the Internet and find more information about the strike in Rio. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about strikes. Include an imaginary interview with a striker and an employer. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
5. LETTER: Write a letter to a strikes expert. Ask him/her three questions about strikes. Give him/her three of your opinions on them. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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